MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – The establishment of a platform in Russia's Bryansk Oblast to sell Belarusian potash fertilizers is under consideration. Bryansk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Bogomaz made the statement after meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 30 September, BelTA has learned.
The governor said: “Today we've discussed and received support from the president. Bryansk Oblast develops and agriculture develops as well. Every year we apply ever more mineral fertilizers. Our neighbors [other Russian regions] develop well as well. All of us have encountered the problem of supplies of mineral fertilizers, potash fertilizers to be exact.”
Aleksandr Bogomaz noted that a new enterprise to mine and make potash fertilizers is being built in Gomel Oblast, which borders on Bryansk Oblast. Good logistics will be available for shipping these products not only to Bryansk Oblast. Bryansk Oblast can be used as a platform to sell fertilizers across the entire Central Federal District of Russia. The establishment of a trading house to take care of the matter has been suggested.
Apart from that, the creation of a joint base to introduce modern technologies in agriculture, to share the best practices, and enable interaction in the sphere of science is under consideration as well.
According to Aleksandr Bogomaz, all these endeavors as well as the advancement of cooperation along the already available cooperation avenues such as sales of Belarusian mechanical engineering industry products should help raise the bilateral trade to $1 billion in the future. The figure was mentioned as a reference point during the meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko. In 2019 Belarus' trade with Russia's Bryansk Oblast reached $650 million.